Kruger Park Mammals - Caracal

The elusive Caracal (Felis caracal), also known as the Rooikat or Desert Lynx, is a ferocious predator that can weigh up to 20 kilograms and can live up to 12 years of age.

Where To Find Caracal in the Kruger National Park...

Kruger National Park Caracal Distribution Map

Kruger Park Caracal Distribution

The Caracal is widely distributed throughout the Kruger National Park, but does prefer woodland and rocky areas. They are very elusive and secretive which makes spotting them difficult. But there are more sightings recorded in the central areas of the Kruger than anywhere else, mainly in the Satara and Talamati areas.

More Information On Kruger's Caracal

The Caracal is opportunistic and will prey on anything from insects to Impala. They do favour Rock Dassie, Scrub Hare and Steenbok. The Caracal prey heavily on ground nesting birds in the Kruger, especially Guineafowl and Francolin. Caracal do not get along well with Black Backed Jackal, and often loose their young to Jackal. Caracal are also vulnerable to becoming prey of Leopard, and if a Lion comes across a Caracal it will go out of it's way to kill it. This beautiful cat can jump a few metres into the air and is one of the most beautiful cats in the Kruger.

Kruger Park Caracal Gallery

There are currently no photo's of the Kruger's Caracal.